Socorro Electric Cooperative: District II election candidates

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A board trustee position candidate will be elected during the Socorro County Electric Cooperative District II member/owner meeting to be held Sat. Nov. 9 at the Wellness Center at the Alamo Navajo reservation. Registration and voting begin at 1 p.m. The general meeting begins at 3 p.m.  Candidates for the position are Manny Marquez and incumbent Charlie Wagner. SEC trustee positions are 4-year terms.
Mail in ballots must be received into the Rio Rancho election administrator’s office by Nov. 8. Anyone who can’t attend the meeting and would like to vote can request a ballot by Nov. 1 by calling 505-891-6534 or emailing emarquez@electionpeople.com.

Manuel R. “Manny” Marquez

Name: Manuel R. “Manny” Marquez
Age: 77
Occupation:  Retired
Education: High school graduate

1. Personal experience you  feel relates to the position of the trustee’s seat: I have extensive knowledge of the SEC workings, having served on the SEC board for 20+ years and working as office manager for over 5 years.
2. What are the unique and specific needs of your district in relation to the co-op? The SEC board and its employees need to establish an open time of communication with the members and be more available to individual members and their needs.
3. What are the most pressing and immediate needs of SEC? A working relationship as a board and a stop to the petty arguments.
4. Why are you the right person for this seat? I’m familiar with the people in the community having lived here in Socorro for more than 60 years and can relate to all ages.
5. Why is it important for member/owners to care about voting and attending meetings? Because, as members of the SEC we have the right to vote and express our feelings. Consumers who are served by Public Service Co. of N.M. do not have say on how the company is run.
6. Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a DWI or felony? No.

Charles A. “Charlie” Wagner

Name: Charles A. “Charlie” Wagner
Age: I am over 65.
Occupation:  Retired from a career of over 30 years in Insurance and financial services.
Education: I have degree in elementary ed. from Pearl River College and Tulane University, the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the Registered Health Underwriter designation from the National Health Underwriters Assn., I am a Registered Representative of the National Assn. of Security Dealers, and have completed nine of ten courses to obtain the Certified Employee Benefits Consultant degree.
1. Personal experience you  feel relates to the position of the trustee’s seat:  I was employed as a field representative with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association from 1994 until I retired in 2003. I provided financial services advice and counsel to approximately 70 distribution cooperatives, three generation and transmission co-ops and several statewide cooperative associations. I acted as liaison to other departmental services of NRECA.
2. What are the unique and specific needs of your district in relation to the co-op? The most pressing need is to be informed of the fact that districts have been changed. Most members who were in District III for more than 40 years are not aware they are now in District II
3. What are the most pressing and immediate needs of SEC? SEC needs to start the transition to advanced metering infrastructure, (AMI) which when complete will allow members more control of their power use during times of day when rates are lower, thus saving them money. We also need a rate design that allows step rates within a rate class.
4. Why are you the right person for this seat? We reformers have made progress in restoring democratic member control despite resistance from the board majority and their lawyers since 2007. This election will change the board majority to one that is member friendly.
5. Why is it important for member/owners to care about voting and attending meetings? Unless members become engaged and use their power of ownership to control costs by prohibiting managements rampant waste in human and financial resources, we will not be able to afford electric power in the future.
6. Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a DWI or felony? No.